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October 14, 2020 |

Disasters came in winter and the Jammu and Kashmir government swings into action, claiming to have reviewed the major sectors and also the snow preparedness. However a mild snow spell buries all it claims. Recently a minor jolt was felt on after an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 (on Richter scale) hit the state. It was followed by another recorded and of about the same intensity (4.5). In J&K, which rests on a major fault line, even minor jolts are not brushed aside. The colossal destruction caused by 2005 Kashmir earthquake, 7.6 in magnitude, did leave some indelible marks not only in J&K state but in several countries. The earthquake killed about 90,000 people and left millions (about 4 million) homeless. Reports of geological experts and different studies supported by empirical data have removed all doubts on the vulnerability of the state to disasters caused by earthquakes. Sitting on Zone IV and V (zones classified as per seismic activity), the JK must be prepared at all times for any eventuality. The twin disasters – 2005 earthquake and 2014 floods – necessitated the state to properly equip itself. After the 2005 earthquake devastation the Disaster Management Authority was finally set up in 2007. The authority after five years of its inception came up with a Disaster Management Policy. The optimism however was washed up by the floods in 2014. The authority completely failed to save the day as self-help and help from outside agencies were the only means to survive for thousands of people who were stranded in their homes. Past failures and mere paper work of the authority are responsible for the high level of mistrust nursed by the people of the state. While the state’s preparedness has been drawing flak for years, the plan to deal with disasters is considered to be in its infancy. The government must take all the proactive measures to prevent disasters in the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Take Proactive Measures

October 14, 2020 |

Disasters came in winter and the Jammu and Kashmir government swings into action, claiming to have reviewed the major sectors and also the snow preparedness. However a mild snow spell buries all it claims. Recently a minor jolt was felt on after an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 (on Richter scale) hit the state. It was followed by another recorded and of about the same intensity (4.5). In J&K, which rests on a major fault line, even minor jolts are not brushed aside. The colossal destruction caused by 2005 Kashmir earthquake, 7.6 in magnitude, did leave some indelible marks not only in J&K state but in several countries. The earthquake killed about 90,000 people and left millions (about 4 million) homeless. Reports of geological experts and different studies supported by empirical data have removed all doubts on the vulnerability of the state to disasters caused by earthquakes. Sitting on Zone IV and V (zones classified as per seismic activity), the JK must be prepared at all times for any eventuality. The twin disasters – 2005 earthquake and 2014 floods – necessitated the state to properly equip itself. After the 2005 earthquake devastation the Disaster Management Authority was finally set up in 2007. The authority after five years of its inception came up with a Disaster Management Policy. The optimism however was washed up by the floods in 2014. The authority completely failed to save the day as self-help and help from outside agencies were the only means to survive for thousands of people who were stranded in their homes. Past failures and mere paper work of the authority are responsible for the high level of mistrust nursed by the people of the state. While the state’s preparedness has been drawing flak for years, the plan to deal with disasters is considered to be in its infancy. The government must take all the proactive measures to prevent disasters in the Himalayan region of Jammu and Kashmir.


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Owner, Printer, Publisher, Editor: Farooq Ahmad Wani
Legal Advisor: M.J. Hubi
Printed at: Abid Enterprizes, Zainkote Srinagar
Published from: Gulshanabad Chraresharief Budgam
RNI No.: JKENG/2010/33802
Office No’s: 0194-2451076, 9622924716 , 9419400056
Postal Regd No: SK/135/2010-2019
Administrative Office: Abi Guzer Srinagar

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